Posts on June 2020
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An Anti-Racist Reading List

UPDATE: This list has been added to with suggestions from my colleague Caitlin Pollock, Digital Scholarship Strategist in the Library. Having witnessed the current, ongoing police violence that is occurring across our country, and which has been happening for far too long in history, I wanted to share some e-books to help educate ourselves and others about racism. Some of these are books I have read myself and others are pulled from various lists currently circulating.

Désirée by Annemarie Selinko

Cover of Désirée by Annemarie Selinko

Désirée is a historical novel, in the form of a fictional diary, that tells the story of Désirée Clary, the daughter of a silk merchant from Marseille, who became Napoleon's first love, and later, through a set of extraordinary circumstances, Queen of Sweden. The major events of Napoleon's reign are told through her eyes. The book was made into a film starring Jean Simmons and Marlon Brando.